By Anna Italia
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Here are the declarations of Juventus Coach Antonio Conte after
losing the Coppa Italia Quarterfinals and being eliminated on Tuesday 21 January 2014 at the
Olimpico di Roma Stadium: AS Roma 1 – 0 Juventus
As reported by Juventus official website, Antonio Conte was in philosophical mood after witnessing his team
narrowly edged out in this evening’s closely-fought Coppa Italia
quarter-final against Roma in the capital.
The 44-year-old explained his decision to send out a changed
line-up at the Stadio Olimpico and insists he is satisfied with how
those who stepped into the breach fared in a testing atmosphere.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the final whistle, Conte began:
“I thought it was a very evenly matched encounter between two teams who
are both going strongly in the league. It could have gone either way.”
“We’ve always used the Coppa Italia as the opportunity to rotate
the side ahead of upcoming fixtures because everyone needs to develop
and feel important. I was happy with the performances of those who have
played less this season.”
The match-winning goal, scored by Gervinho on 79 minutes, arrived
when Juventus were in the ascendency and looking to silence the home
crowd with a late strike.
And aside from the inevitable disappointment of exiting a
competition at the quarter-final stages, Conte insists he is unable to
point the finger at any of his players for tonight’s showing.
“Roma scored during our best spell of the game. We wanted to keep
it tight in defence and cause danger when in possession. Perhaps we were
a little cagey in the first half, but I don’t recall any particular
moments of us being under the cosh. It’s a pity we’ve been eliminated
from a competition, but I’ve got nothing to criticise the lads for.”